Castleford nursery is ‘outstanding’

Staff and tots celebrating at Bright Sparks Child Care Nursery, Poplar Avenue, Castleford.
Staff and tots celebrating at Bright Sparks Child Care Nursery, Poplar Avenue, Castleford.

Staff at a Castleford nursery are celebrating after it received a glowing Ofsted report.

Bright Sparks Child Care, in Poplar Avenue, Castleford, was rated “outstanding” by inspectors in a new report.

Inspectors praised the nursery for its “exceptional programmes of learning” and “range of play activities”.

It was rated “outstanding” for its early years provision, wellbeing provision and the effectiveness of its management.

The report said: “Children are clearly very happy and content at the nursery.

“Children benefit from the highly skilled staffs’ outstanding use of questioning, throughout the nursery.

“The management team at the nursery is highly motivated and supportive.

“The inspirational leadership and uncompromising expectations are communicated to the whole staff team who share the team’s vision for excellence.

Inspectors, who visited the nursery on February 12, also praised staff there for helping children gain confidence.

The report said: “Children gain the confidence to tackle new challenges and try out new strategies because staff encourage them to do so.

“The highly competent staff deliver exceptional programmes of learning, which excite children and harness their natural curiosity and interest.

“They provide an excellent range of play activities to cover the seven areas of learning.”

The nursery is owned by Maria Pye and Jodie Churm, who also own The Crown nursery in Airedale.

Mrs Pye said: “We are absolutely ecstatic, for us, it’s like winning the World Cup of child care.

“It’s a dream come true for us and we are so proud because the staff have been working so hard for this, it has given everyone a lift.

“I think the inspectors could see how close the staff and children were.

“For us to achieve an outstanding it just makes all the hard work we’ve put in and the worry and stress worthwhile.

“All the parents and our families have been fantastic in supporting us, we’re lucky to be part of such a lovely community with lovely children.”

At its previous inspection in 2010 Ofsted inspectors rated the nursery as “good”.